During 2014–2015, a total of 31 deaths were associated with the first chikungunya epidemic in Puerto Rico. Researchers analyzed excess mortality from various causes for the same months during the previous four years and detected 1,310 deaths possibly attributable to chikungunya, raising questions about increased mortality rates associated with chikungunya.
Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus (AHFV) was identified in Saudi Arabia in November and December 1995. Since then, new outbreaks with sporadic incidences have been reported in Saudi Arabia, and subsequent cases of AHFV have been documented among tourists in Egypt and Djibouti, extending to India, Europe, and beyond.
Researchers show predictable differences in influenza incidence among cities, driven by population size and structure.
The technology and economics of large-scale DNA synthesis have driven the cost of gene synthesis down approximately 250-fold in just 10 years. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines relating to variola virus are also unknown to most biologists.
The survey results, which included respondents from 39 member countries of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe, found only 54 percent of respondents indicate that their country allocates enough funding to support the implementation of biosecurity measures and good farming practices.
RESPE—the French epidemiological network for equine diseases—works main missions is to monitor equine diseases in France and throughout Europe and to alert the horse industry when a contagious equine disease outbreak is confirmed.
Research undertaken by VRT has revealed that dozens of tons of bush meat, chiefly from the region of the African rain forests, are being imported into Belgium.
After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence.
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt.
Earlier this year the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it was sufficiently concerned about what was lurking in the wild to include something called ‘Disease X’ in its global strategy plan, representing an as yet undiscovered pathogen with the potential to spark a pandemic.